Strachan, 29, had two assists in 18 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He spent most of the season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, where he had four goals and 19 points in 60 games.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider isn't signed beyond the 2014-15 season, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger on Thursday he envisions locking up Schneider beyond that in the near future.
"Not yet, but I feel very comfortable saying we'll get it done very soon," Lamoriello said regarding a contract extension for the 28-year-old who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Draft in a trade for the Devils' first-round pick. Schneider can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Longtime NHL player Alex Kovalev officially announced his retirement Thursday.
Kovalev, 41, won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers and most recently played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers during the 2012-13 season. He spent last season playing with Swiss second-tier team EHC Visp and organizing hockey camps in the region.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation website, Kovalev cited injuries for his decision to retire.
"I'd have loved to play until I'm 50 but the injuries from the last few seasons don't let me continue my career," Kovalev told TV station Kanal9 at a hockey camp in Leukerbad, Switzerland. "It's a hard decision for me but it is what it is. It was my last season."
Laxdal, 48, replaces Willie Desjardins, who was hired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks after leading Texas to the Calder Cup last season.
"Derek has a proven track record of developing young players to get the most out of them in a winning environment," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said. "His proven leadership, familiarity with our organization and tremendous character make him a great fit with our culture. We are very excited to welcome him to the Texas Stars."
The 2015 NHL Draft has the potential to be one of the most memorable in recent years.
Many of those draft-eligible prospects competing in the Canadian Hockey League will be given a chance to showcase their ability at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, to be played Jan. 22, 2015 at the new home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The 20th annual event will include 40 of the top 2015 NHL draft prospects playing in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Alex Chiasson is going to play under a microscope this season. That's what happens when you're the key piece in a trade that involves a franchise player.
The 23-year-old right wing was acquired by the Ottawa Senators from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday morning in the trade that sent Ottawa captain Jason Spezza to Dallas. Spezza was the No. 2 selection at the 2001 NHL Draft and replaced Daniel Alfredsson as Senators captain when the latter left to sign with the Detroit Red Wings last summer.
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